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Manager on the qualities our two newest additions can bring

3 August 2018

Manager Nick Daws believes the qualities possessed by new signings Matthew Lund and George Thomas will complement the existing squad perfectly.

Central midfielder Lund signed for an undisclosed fee from Burton Albion on Friday, while attacker Thomas has joined on a season-long loan from Leicester City.

Speaking about the first signing, Daws explained to iFollow Iron: “We’ve been negotiating with Burton to bring Matty to the club for quite a while. I’m pleased we were able to get it over the line. He’s a really experienced international midfield player who knows League One inside out. He gets in the box, scores goals and can affect the opposition in that area of the pitch.

“I think it was important for us to get a balance of different types of players in there (in central midfield). He complements Funso Ojo, James Perch and James Horsfield.”

Speaking about the loan addition of Thomas, he continued: “George burst onto the scene at Coventry a couple of seasons ago and did ever so well against us here for Leicester Under-23s (in the Checkatrade Trophy) last season. He’s flexible in where he can play but he replaces Hakeeb Adelakun in many ways in that area, as a right-footed right-winger who can also play in behind the front striker and also on the left-hand side. 

“He’s a strong boy who’s had a real taste of first team football and has then experienced Under-23s football for Leicester and international football for Wales last season. He comes in with that hunger and desire to be a first team player again.”

Explaining the long-term efforts to bring quality players in, he continued: “We’ve had to be patient and have been consistent with that all along. The market has been slow, there hasn’t been a plethora of experienced and quality midfield players available. Like us, teams want to keep their best players. Burton fought hard to keep Matty so it’s a feather in our cap to get him. He knows what a football club of this type is about, and I think he’ll fit in perfectly.

“That’s what my concentration and focus was on in the latter part of pre-season. We did a lot of our early work in recruiting young and hungry talented players in the first part, and found getting experienced players a little more difficult. We’ve managed to do that in the last couple of weeks.”

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